I did a quick list and there were five more titles, and after five quick phone calls to each author (the “queen of suspense,” who would be “king of suspense” if not for a lack of good titles). I asked for each title if someone I knew enjoyed my blog and some of them agreed to my request for a review. Not a single one of them had ever reviewed or published a book! In one day!
So by the time this blog was published I had received over 130 letters. I did some research on the author to make sure that he (or she) was indeed, an “author” with a website, though he may be simply the same name as that of a former member or one of my Facebook friends. All authors have multiple websites and I tried with all honesty to find a link back to a website I could visit when reading an author’s book (because I will be using it to research more books, and if I have to go to the main site directly, I can click the “Links to Other Websites” link to go to an alternative). It seems that this author has not published any of his books elsewhere. While trying to do research on this, I discovered that he seems to have a long time of online experience, that he is not a regular poster of his own journal, that he is a bit of an active member of the paranormal community, and that he has a collection of at least one well-known ghost story, written for a pulp magazine. There were also some “other” books listed, some of which were similar to other “best sellers” that he had written.
I was in a bad mood at this point because I wanted to go home. And I just had to get one of my own “best sellers”! So I checked the titles on Amazon and Google Books. Not one of the five that were mentioned claimed that they could write other books. Well, of course, those days are long gone, that’s all they were. We have books sold more easily in this blog than in stores, but you will get very few, if any (if any) “best sellers” from most of them. So that was my task, and I knew right away that it was the most difficult thing I have ever done in my life. It took 3 days and I could not get to sleep for a very long time. I still remembered what I did when I was younger and remember how I tried every little thing that worked to give me a “good night’s sleep”.
At one point, a lady called from her husband who was a farmer. The call wasn’t for a farmer specifically, she said someone who had problems with his farm. She said, “I’m a reporter from the AP with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and I have a very good piece you might like” And I remember running over to her house, having her tell me what was going on. And just as I was about to have a drink with her about how badly her article was doing, she ran out the door shouting “I want to tell your son, my son, not the media here!!!” “But what about your son who’s in prison?”, I wanted to say to her as I realized that it was about her husband and his family. “My son is a reporter and he has a story of his own” and I walked away. This was what this blog was about. It was a chance for this writer to tell her story, no matter if she was an author or a blogger, and she was doing a good job at it. However, the more I thought about it, all the more I wanted to say, “that sounds kind of sad.” So the next day, as she was getting ready to leave, a friend of hers called and said, “What about a story about my husband’s farm. I have read a great piece about your farm, about how he had problems with people harassing him for farming and that led to this.” And I told my friend that I just can’t see how a guy with a farm that has been plagued with crimes (mostly murder by farm workers) could do better than “about a farm,” the “farmers only.” She says, “well, I do have a story about your husband, I just don’t know what it is.” I explained all that had happened, she then said, “okay that sounds great, I’ve always wanted to hear about this farm and have you tell the story.”
“okay” was my feeble answer, “but can I go through the book right now?” And I went down to the library and did that. And as I read the books, I asked myself why I didn’t try that myself earlier. All you have to do is use Google, go to their websites, and even do a search on the titles to see if they have ever appeared in a best seller list. I found that as you read about the “farmers only” story, all the